Dos and Don'ts of Concrete Anchor Epoxy
Concrete anchor epoxy effectively secures concrete anchors and other like concrete fasteners on holes. When installing fasteners, always ensure that they do not fail to secure the intended materials they are suppose to hold. Sometimes, applying torque to the anchor may not be effective because the hole may not hold the fastener long enough. However, filling the hole with concrete anchor epoxy will definitely add strength to the fastener. In order to make sure that the concrete anchor epoxy stays firmly in place, consider the dos and don'ts below.
Do 1. Drill Holes Correctly
When preparing the holes for the anchor, make sure to use the correct drill bit. The drill bit should not be too large for the anchor and not too small to restrain anchor entry. Remember that drilling the holes correctly plays a very important factor not only in the installation of the anchor but also in the application of concrete anchor epoxy.
Do 2. Clean the Holes Before Applying Epoxy
Before filling the hole with epoxy, make sure that the hole is clean and free from dust and other debris. Use a blower or a vacuum to remove the dust inside the holes. Afterwards, insert a brush inside the hole to dislodge other debris that may have been left inside. Blow the hole once again to ensure that it is free from dust.
Do 3. Store the Epoxy Safely
When storing epoxy, follow the recommended temperatures in order to avoid damage. Usually, epoxy is recommended to be stored at temperatures ranging from 40-degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
Don't 1. Don't Fill the Anchor Hole Entirely with Epoxy
Do not fill the entire hole because the anchor will occupy the space afterwards. Fill the hole from ½ to 2/3 of the depth only. However, it is necessary to fill the hole completely when the hole is sub merged in water.
Don't 2. Don't Install the Hardware If the Epoxy is not Hard Enough
Allow the epoxy to cure fully before installing the hardware to be fastened. Do not make haste because the epoxy needs to cure first in order to provide maximum strength. For the recommended waiting time for epoxy curing, see the manufacturer’s recommended schedule. It may take some 5 to 7-minutes before the epoxy mixture hardens depending on the temperature. If the temperature is below 40-degrees Fahrenheit, the mixture may need to harden a lot longer.
Don't 3. Don't Use Expired Epoxy
Always check the expiration date before deciding to use it on the anchor holes. Expired epoxy may not be suitable for use because it may not harden.
Don't 4. Don't Touch the Epoxy
Never ever allow the epoxy to come in contact with the skin. Since there have been several reports on skin allergy due to contact with the chemicals found in epoxy, always make sure not to touch the product. Wash the hand skin immediately when it accidentally touches the skin.